About Brian Truong

Brian was a student in BCPTI's 2nd ever intake and is one of our greatest success stories! In addition to working as a highly respected personal trainer, he also holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Counselling. Brian is accomplished in many areas of fitness including multiple provincial and national powerlifting records. Brian has returned as the Director of Fitness Education for BCPTI and Fitness World combining his experience and education to assist trainers and students in becoming the best version of themselves.

Elevating Personal Training: The Power of Being Present, Professional, and Punctual

In the ever changing and dynamic world of personal training, success isn't solely about counting reps and showing people how to exercise. It's about utilizing an eclectic holistic approach that encompasses not just physical fitness but also professionalism and punctuality. Unfortunately, amidst the focus on exercise programs, three fundamental aspects are often overlooked: being present, [...]

Psychology & Behavioral Coaching: How to Increase Client Adherence and Success

As a Personal Trainer, coaching our clients goes beyond the session and one singular domain. Personal trainers assist their clients in fitness, nutrition, or personal development so understanding the nuances of psychology can significantly impact client adherence and success. Beyond simply prescribing workouts or nutrition support, effective personal trainers delve into the intricacies of behavior, [...]

Lost in Translation: Coaching & Cueing

Communication is one of the more challenging aspects that people struggle with. The best thing about fitness is the unique language that develops through it. Over time, as someone gets more involved in fitness, the more they learn not just about themselves but a new language. In fitness, there is a lot of terms, cues, [...]

3 Ways to Drive Progression

The most common ways to progress an exercise are through changing sets, reps and load. In most programs, those can often become the only means of progression despite the flexibility to adjust other factors. Let's dive into 3 other ways we can drive progression Tempo Tempo refers to the duration of the eccentric, isometric and [...]

Unleash Your Core Power: A Guide to Frontal and Transverse Plane Core Exercises

In our previous blog post (you can read that here if you missed it), we discussed unlocking the anterior chain core, essentially what we understand as our abs. Most exercises tended to focus on crunches, sit ups and other similar exercises that let the user "feel" their abs while doing it but only utilize one [...]

By | December 6th, 2023|Core, Function, Mobility & Movement|0 Comments

Greens Supplements: What’s the deal?

In recent years, the popularity of greens supplements has skyrocketed. These powdered blends claim to provide a convenient and nutrient-dense way to boost your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. But are they really worth the hype and the investment? It can be difficult for the average person to get enough micronutrients due to a [...]

By | August 22nd, 2023|Health & Wellness, Nutrition|0 Comments

Great Technique and Form: The Lost Art of Gains

Let’s dive into the often overlooked but critical aspect of fitness training - proper technique and form. We'll explore the impact of correct form on your results and the potential negative adaptations that can arise from neglecting this essential element of training. Section 1: The Power of Proper Technique and Form Mind-Muscle Connection and Muscle [...]

Anterior Core Training: Unlock Core Strength and Enhance Athletic Performance

Core training can fall within many categories depending on our goals and intentions. Many people want to train core and end up doing crunches and planks or they want to jump to the cool looking exercises like the ab wheel. First let's get into what anterior core training is and where certain exercises fall on [...]

By | May 25th, 2023|Core, Function, Mobility & Movement|0 Comments

7 Study Tips for NASM’s Personal Trainer Certification

Here are 7 tips that you can utilize to set yourself up for success while studying for the National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Training program whether you are self-studying or apart of BCPTI. Familiarize yourself with the NASM CPT exam format and content: The NASM CPT exam is a computer-based test that consists [...]

Likeability, Trust, & Rapport: Keys to Client / Trainer Success

Personal training as an industry continues to grow and evolve beyond the physical benefits as we recognize the mental health components. What we see is the interplay between physical health on our mental health and vice versa. For some, taking care of their physical health through exercising, being active and doing the things they love [...]